|[ Afghan Pine (Pinus brutia var. eldarica) | Posted on August 31, 2016 ]
These pines are very useful as windbreaks for structures or property lines--they grow very strong and sturdy branches. Their "drooping" and bushy needles provide a favorite and hidden place for birds and nesting creatures. When damp, these trees produce a mild and nice pine-like fragrance. They do very well in soil that ranges from acidic to alkaline, and from sandy to clay. They are very drought tolerant, but will also do well in slightly moist locations. They prefer full sun, but they will also do well in partially shaded locations. They can and will grow quite tall and grow to a span of up to 45 ft, so keep this in mind if planting near structures or fences.
|[ Bougainvillea 'Vicky' | Posted on July 31, 2016 ]
These beautiful multi-colored plants (in the right climates) can be year-round bloomers, however, here in North American climates they are summer bloomers in the north and central states, where they need to be over-wintered indoors in bright areas or forced dormant indoors in basements, or sometimes garages, due to their cold tolerance. In the southern and western States where summers are longer and hotter, these plants actually bloom the most in spring and fall when daylight and darkness times are more balanced and even (due to the fact that these plants are originally equatorial). There are places with such warm temps year-round that these sun-loving and balanced-light blooming plants are known for their beautiful winter blooms, eg. southern Florida.
|[ Coral Cactus (Euphorbia lactea 'White Ghost Crest') | Posted on February 26, 2016 ]
The 'White Ghost' cultivar, like most Euphorbia Lactea Crest, is typically grafted to a cactus root stock, but can be grafted to other euphorbias or thick stemmed succulents. Commonly known as Coral Cactus, though it's not a cactus at all, this Euphorbia definitely prefers being treated as such.